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10 Top Calorie-Burning Horror Movies!!!

The Telegraph just published a report detailing the results of a study done by the University of Westminster on the calorie-burning efficacy of horror films. Per the report, watching some of these horror films burns can burn up nearly 200 calories a time. Or in more tangible terms, a horror movie can burn off a bar of chocolate.

According to the study, “viewers who put themselves through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror can use up as much as 113 calories, close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk and the equivalent to a chocolate bar.” The University of Westminster study measured the total energy expenditure of ten different people as they watched a selection of frightening movies.

Want to know what the results were? Head inside for the Top 10 Calorie-Burning Horror Movies and then click here for more info!

1. THE SHINING: 184 calories

2. JAWS: 161 calories

3. THE EXORCIST: 158 calories

4. ALIEN: 152 calories

5. SAW: 133 calories

6. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: 118 calories

7. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: 111 calories

8. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT: 105 calories


10. [REC]: 101 calories



  • I’d move The Exorcist to the #1 spot, take out Jaws & Saw, and have Paranormal & Witch swap spots. Other than that, solid list.

    • Aaron Emery

      Yea, that list isn’t exactly a matter of opinion, it kinda looks like proven test results

  • Zombie-Killa

    I dunno. Saw seems like such an odd choice for this list. It’s not as gory, violent, and bloody as the other Saw films, but still, when it comes to Saw, I don’t think of any tension, terror, or real jump scares.

  • ThunderDragoon

    They need to put people to the test on Sinister. My heart was beating so fast through most of the movie.


      Thats exactly what i was thinking. That shit had me so tense.

    • evenscarier

      Very true! I needed more popcorn for that one!

  • Frey

    Where is Haute Tension?

  • Goretorium

    Even better reason to watch horror!


  • Jadama

    Where’s Videodrome? that put a lot of pressure in the blood.

  • evenscarier

    Too bad I eat 5 pounds of butter-saturated popcorn, a gallon of soda and 1/4 pound of sno-caps and twizzlers whenever I go to the movies! ;^D

  • horrorking95

    Noroi: The Curse definitely had my heart beating! That and Sinister should be up there! I also think that REC should be moved up a lot

  • Catastrophe

    For more recent calorie-burners, I’d personally select Paranormal Activity 3 and Insidious. My heart was racing and I was practically sweating with both these flicks. Otherwise, I’d put The Exorcist at the top of the list, especially the first time I watched it. I probably lost a few pounds sweating and shivering with The Exorcist 😛

  • PinPusher

    No doubt, The Exorcist is at the top of my list. I saw it when I was a kid and it still creeps me out when I watch it. There is a site called where users can rate movies by calorie… it would be interesting to see a horror list as rated by viewers.

  • lakotasue

    The amount of calories burned depends on the individual reaction to a particular movie. “The Shining” irritated the hell out of me. I hated Nicholson’s interpretation of that character, and I thought the whole movie was a pretty poor representation of Stephen King’s book. We are all different when it comes to what scares us. I would imagine I burned 200 calories during the opening sequences of “Saving Private Ryan”…something I found much scarier than any horror movie.

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